Women as Peacemakers, Women as Decision Makers
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
October 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. From Oct. 18-29, the United Nations (U.N.), the U.N. Security Council and women’s and civil society organizations will celebrate 10 years of UNSCR 1325 and advocate for further implementation.
The resolution outlines the need to include gender perspectives into peacemaking as well as involve women in decision making at all stages of peacemaking, from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict recovery and transformation. At the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN), women from around the world will gather at the peace fair to exchange stories and strategies for peacemaking and advocacy.
The peace fair will bring together organizations from around the world dedicated to the implementation of UNSCR 1325, with exhibits and presentations throughout the week showcasing the contributions these organizations have made to implement the resolution.
Date: October 25-29, 2010
Place: 2nd floor of the CCUN, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Women’s Division participation in the project includes a peace quilt, an interactive program titled “Voices from the Frontlines,” and a “Building Peace” workshop. The peace quilt will hang from a wall, and people coming to the Peace Fair will be invited to make their own square and add it to the quilt.
In “Voices from the Frontlines,” on Monday Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the CCUN chapel, four women from zones of conflict (Liberia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, and El Salvador) will speak about their direct experiences in peacemaking and the importance of UNSCR 1325. Participants include:
- Christiana Harmone: Former president of Liberia United Methodist Women and an active voice for peace during the Liberia crisis.
- Sameena Nazir: Represents Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA), which focuses on women and youth.
- Andrea Zeravcic: Former UMCOR Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) staff on peace and reconciliation, working in programs resourced by the Women’s Division as well as other civil society development postwar work.
- Marta Benavides: Human and women’s rights specialist who was part of the original process for establishing UNSCR 1325.
The workshop titled “Building Peace: Exploring the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women” on Wednesday Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of CCUN, will be an interactive, participatory workshop that will explore how the culture of militarism fosters violence against women from neighborhood to battlefield and how women are organizing to affirm human security and human rights.
Women’s Division Involvement in Resolution 1325
The Women’s Division was active in urging the adoption of UNSCR 1325 10 years ago. The Women’s Division is part of the NGO working group formed to call for a U.N. Security Council resolution on women, peace and security. At present, the Women’s Division, along with other civil society and ecumenical organizations, is actively involved in promoting and advocating for the implementation of 1325.